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Tuzilla  (Level: 146.4 - Posts: 3843)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 12:11 PM


I am wondering if there is any correlation between trouble with banner ads and your connect. I have high speed DSL. It runs a minimum of 384k up to over 1m on a good day. I am not finding an change in my speed.

What type of connect do you have?

Have you noticed any slowdown with the banners? (If yes, how much?)

Flybybethy  (Level: 136.6 - Posts: 155)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 12:19 PM

I don't know the numbers but I know I have a high-speed connection. I have had no problems with the banners, and only one pop-up per day--right when I sign on to Sploofus the very first time. Things DO seem to run a bit slower, but that only matters to me on the WordRounds (which i thought were slow before the banners showed up).

Eksimba  (Level: 29.0 - Posts: 155)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 12:26 PM

I have high-speed access (4+ Mb cable), and I had noticed a severe slowdown in page loading when the pop-under ads first started. I don't think it was banner ads themselves.

It didn't seem to be as much a download/bandwidth issue as it was a page rendering issue, what with all of the outside calls to affiliate advertising servers and pop-up scripts running. I assume that dial-up users would have all of the above problems with the added effect of bandwidth limitations making it even worse.

I noticed a distinct speed-up of the site sometime yesterday, and I don't know if something was done to the site, but the pop-under script seems to be gone now. I don't think that's a coincidence...

Siriusofazkaban  (Level: 15.1 - Posts: 196)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 12:40 PM

I havent had any problems at all....I have DSL both at home and work. But that's probably just cause I dont compete in wordrounds nearly as often as everyone else.

Imatfaal  (Level: 96.4 - Posts: 58)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 12:46 PM

There has been a slowdown - there has only been one time under 20 seconds on word rounds in last three days.

Like Eric I have a hi-speed connection and I have noticed an added slight delay. The server (for word-rounds at least) routes a request to the ad-server before downloading question. Ad-servers, by their nature, tend to be organised commercial concerns who respond quickly to a call for data , but it is annoying to wait. This wait is of course exacerbated if your connection is also a bottle-neck.

However, I was one of those who agreed that this situation now was the best compromise between ads and price hike - and i still think it is.


Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 12:52 PM

I'm still getting the pop-unders (media.fastclick something-or-other ARGH!) and my time is slower on both WR and quizzes. And I don't like having to scroll down when taking quizzes.

I have broadband/DSL and it loads other sites very quickly.

Imatfaal  (Level: 96.4 - Posts: 58)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 12:59 PM

Have you tried other browsers? Personally I am a great fan of Firefox; other prefer Opera.

Both are free (actually opera is only free-ish). They have great pop-over/pop-under/privacy controls. The other main reason IMHO to use either is 'tabbed browsing' - ie multiple pages open simultaneously that you can switch by clickig on tabs.

For the techies out there - after testing on intranet server both firefox and opera out perfrom IE in rendering HTML.

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 1:07 PM

Hi Matthew

I tried Firefox/Mozilla at the encouragemnet of eksimba several months ago and found it quite slow on my laptop! I liked the tabbed browsing feature, though. But I ended up going backl to old IE... I know it's rare to find IE faster than Firefox!

BTW, how is your username pronounced? And what does it mean... I've wondered for a while now.


Groupw  (Level: 144.4 - Posts: 153)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 2:37 PM

I'm on 3 Meg Cable using Opera and the site is much slower since the banners. I don't think it's the banners themselves since they load fairly quickly most of the time, but the rest of the page (the content you wanted to begin with) takes a lot longer to load. I have also had random freezes on the site with TQOTD and Word Puzzles that could only be cured by shutting it down. OK, maybe I could have waited but after 10 secs. or so if the page hasn't come up it probably isn't going to.
BTW, I haven't seen a single pop-up or under. Opera plus Google toolbar does a great job of shutting them down.

Kiddo2316  (Level: 22.1 - Posts: 24)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 2:44 PM

Banners have definitely killed the word puzzle for me, now everytime I pick a letter a new ad pops up and I have to scroll down before I can see the letters and answer window....very aggravating

Jenn326  (Level: 22.8 - Posts: 173)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 3:38 PM

I am also on DSL and have had a dickens of a time with the Word Rounds and Word Puzzles loading. Oh well, as long as I get a good score, I'm happy.

Machiabelly  (Level: 136.2 - Posts: 190)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 3:51 PM

74 moves in 272 seconds on latest word puzzle. I have caple and don't notice a huge difference

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 565)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 4:02 PM

I have a cable connection, use IE with Google toolbar to block pop-ups. I haven't had any pop-ups. I don't do word rounds very much naymore, but just to test, it did load a little slower. Everything else seems to be loading up at usual speed.

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